In August 2013, DBC were asked by the staff of the newly-opened Dean Wood Residential Care Home in Woodingdean if we could provide a Team to hold a short service on a Sunday afternoon for the few residents who were already settled there, visiting relatives and friends. Since then, a Team leads a monthly time of singing some of the older hymns (which, on occasions, the residents choose themselves), a Bible reading, short prayers and a few minutes given to a simple Bible-based message.
On the Sunday before Christmas, we currently transfer our morning service from it’s usual location in the school to the Home where we have run a service of lessons and carols, again with a Bible-based message. On these occasions up to about 40 people have joined in and enjoyed the time together.
As a result of our ongoing visits, we have also been able to spend time after the services chatting with residents, visitors and staff. In addition, a few of the residents have asked for a personal visit in their own rooms from our minister or other members of our Team.
We are grateful for the goodwill which has developed over our time of getting to know the folk in Dean Wood and appreciate the encouragement and support we have received which allows us to continue.
The ethos of Dean Wood is to enable the residents to maintain as much contact with the local community as possible, especially for those who are limited in their ability to personally take part in activities away from the Home. As representatives of a local church community, we are delighted to have the opportunity to assist Dean Wood to that end.
2018/19 planned visits at 4pm unless otherwise stated:-
16th December – Carol Service @ 11am